GUEST COLUMN: Dialogue important to ensure nobody left out in tough economic times

The faith-based Long Spoons Coalition helps to reinforce the community's interests in the state budget process.

FIVE IDEAS: Columbia finds new superintendent, police chief this week

This week, we also ask you to weigh in on the stimulus package, an increase in gun sales and the success of the Missouri men's basketball team.

Pescaglia one match away from gold

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia won both of his matches Friday, and faces a tough test on Saturday against Park Hill's Alan Waters.

Strike a blow for open government

The two words — open government — don't always go together. Fight for transparency with the new schools superintendent and new police chief.

Columbia religious leaders offer advice on experiencing different customs

Entering a new place of worship has the potential to be an intimidating thing, whether it be a mosque, church or synagogue. Columbia religious leaders provide tips to become more comfortable in a different worship environment.

Two suspected Cut Throat gang members remain in state custody

Two more accused members of the Cut Throat gang appeared in federal court Friday. One will remain in state custody until the July 20 trial, and the other will have a detention hearing if he is released on parole.

Mayor Hindman meets with Obama, top advisers

Mayor Darwin Hindman is among an exclusive group of 80 U.S. mayors to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday morning for the United States Conference of Mayors.

GetAbout Columbia seeks citizen input on 'Bike Boulevard'

A meeting to discuss a "Bike Boulevard" in the Benton-Stephens neighborhood was meant to gather information on the community's needs and gauge the community's response.

The Tiger Hotel owners request tax-increment financing

The owners of The Tiger Hotel building have applied for tax-increment financing to help fund the building's renovation and eventual conversion into a boutique hotel. The application is pending approval by the city.

Sub collision reminds world there's still a nuclear threat

The collision of two nuclear submarines, one French and one British, earlier this month is a reminder that nuclear weapons are still around, despite the attempts to reduce their prevalence.

Missouri softball stays undefeated with win over FAU

The Tigers defeated the Owls 9-1, invoking the run rule in the process, to move to 5-0 on the year and 2-0 at that Strike-Out Cancer Tournament.

Hickman girls basketball closes out regular season with win

The Kewpies had a big lead at the break and were lead by senior Chastity Prince's 25 points.

Pictures of the Year International judging reveals best images of the year

The 66th annual Pictures of the Year International contest judging is currently being held at the Missouri School of Journalism. Judging lasts three weeks, as judges go through more than 45,000 photos by some of the world's best photojournalists.

New Columbia schools superintendent drawn by challenges

Chris Belcher came to Columbia on Friday to be introduced as Columbia's new superintendent of public schools. He said he plans to make Columbia his final work destination.

Sustainability referendum to fund MU resource education team

MU students passed a sustainability referendum that will raise student fees by $1 in the next fiscal year to fund education about resource management.

Mysterious honeybee disorder jump-starts Columbia-based beekeeping group

Thirty-three percent of the human diet relies on pollination, much of which is carried out by bees. Honeybees have been vanishing at an unsettling rate, and mid-Missouri growers are stepping in to alleviate the strain on their crops.

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Actors invited to audition for movie being filmed in Columbia

There will be open auditions April 4 and 5 for "Ten Hours a Week," a feature film being shot in Columbia during the summer.

LETTER: Obama can't change America on his own

American citizens could help Obama by speaking up to Congress.

University Hospital uses advanced technology to treat chronic sinusitis

Balloon sinuplasty is a less invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. It has been offered in the University Hospital since 2007. This treatment reduces surgery risks and allows a much faster recovery.

McCaskill defends federal stimulus plan

Sen. Claire McCaskill is saying the federal stimulus package will help Missouri's economy.